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The single vineyard ‘Pioneer Block’ wines of Saint Clair require separate handling, the winery using 250 small tanks to manage this. The amount of detail for winemakers Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark and their team is considerable, but the result is a fascinating range of wines that express their origin and site. In essence Saint Clair is bottling ‘terroir’ for keen wine enthusiasts to ponder and enjoy. The quality per se of the ‘Pioneer Block’ wines has been extremely high as well, reflecting the identification of superior as well as individual vineyards by Saint Clair’s owner Neal Ibbotson.
Raymond Chan

Awards & Accolades

Marlborough Riesling 2006


  • Bronze: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2007
  • Bronze: New Zealand International Wine Show 2006


"A little ripper of a Riesling with honey and pacific rose apples on the nose leading to a crisp, clean citrus-laden finish. Not too sweet, not too dry, just fresh, vibrant and a winner with a lemony, seafoody salad."
Yvonne Marie-Lorkin, Manawatu Standard, 27 January 2007

"This fragrant Marlborough riesling oozes zesty tropical, citrus and stone fruit, is off-dry with a bright, lively crisp dryish finish."
Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times, 25 April 2007

"The racy citrus and mineral flavours romp across the taste buds before a gentler more honeyed taste swings in at the back of the palate."
Deborah Walton & Peter Morice, Timaru Herald, 18 July 2007

"Marlborough is probably New Zealand's finest Riesling region, and this little number is a testament to this." For this wine "on the nose there's a mass of citrus aromatics, from limes to lemons and even mandarin. The palate is both smooth, with a strong acid spine giving it length."
Daniel Pilkington, Bay Weekend, 21 October 2006